The New Brockton Gamecocks (1-2, 1-1) picked up their first win of the 2017 season with a 47-0 throttling of Class 2A Region 3 foe Zion Chapel Rebels (0-3, 0-2) Friday night.
The Gamecocks were sparked by a coming out party for junior running back Drew Simon, who exploded for 293 yards and three touchdowns rushing against the Rebels.
“I thought at times we played better,” New Brockton coach Justin Jones said. “I was proud of the way we came out in the second half and played really physical on the offensive side of the ball.
“I was also proud of our defensive guys. Anytime you get a shutout that’s a big deal. I don’t care what level you’re playing at. Overall our performance was better.”
New Brockton got the game started in explosive fashion when receiver Isaiah Donaldson returned the opening kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown right off the bat, to give the Gamecocks a 7-0 lead.
Simon added to the New Brockton lead with a 25-yard touchdown run and 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Two failed extra point attempts meant New Brockton led 19-0 going into the second quarter.
The Rebel defense managed to hang on and hold the Gamecocks scoreless in the second quarter, but Simon extended the Gamecock lead to 26-0 after an 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
The dominating Gamecock performance continued in the fourth quarter, with Donaldson scoring on a 22-yard touchdown run and quarterbacks Caleb Griffin and Colton Marsh each scoring on 10 and 21-yard touchdown runs to close the game.
Donaldson carried the ball four times for 48 yards and a touchdown. Marsh completed 1-of-3 passes for 16 yards and scored a rushing touchdown, while Griffin completed 3-of-8 passes for 25 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.
The New Brockton offense rolled up 437 yards of total offense, with 396 coming on the ground.
Simon totaled 302 yards of total offense and three touchdowns against the Rebels.
“Drew’s just real consistent,” Jones said of Simon. “He runs the football hard and always falls forward. I think that’s what makes him really special at what he’s doing.”
The New Brockton defense held Zion Chapel to just 115 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers.
Linebacker Chase Cardwell led the way for the Gamecock defense with 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks, while fellow linebacker Wyatt Grice added 8 tackles. Donaldson recorded five tackles and an interception. Linebacker Hunter Wallace had five tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Cornerback Lukas Purdue added five tackles, an interception and a pass breakup.
The win comes after the Gamecocks were throttled in the season opener against Georgiana and suffered a hard-fought loss to Elba the following week.
“Anytime you can get a region win that’s big,” Jones said. “Anytime you can beat a county rival that’s good, too.
“We just have so many ways we have to improve on. It’s about us getting better at what we do and getting really consistent in how we play the game.”